Welcome to the New Shareable!

Thanks to reader donations and feedback plus hard work by team Shareable, we're delighted to bring you the new Shareable.net.

The new site moves us further toward being a platform for the sharing movement (we had mostly been a magazine). While we'll still lead with our award winning content, a big priority of both our readers and organization was to use Shareable.net to connect sharers offline. We'll be rolling out new community tools over the next year to help do that. Below is a summary of the most important changes we've introduced today:

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The Promise of the Commons: an Interview with David Bollier

David Bollier is no stranger to politics. The author, activist and independent commons scholar worked for Ralph Nader in the late-’70s and early-’80s, he’s a policy strategist and he has participated in or founded numerous public interest projects. But, over the years, he found himself increasingly disillusioned with political activism.

“I’d sort of been a good activist liberal,” he says. “But by the late-‘90s I had come to realize that liberalism and traditional civic activism and political activism, even within conventional NGOs, was not going to do the trick.”

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What's Next for the Sharing Movement?

With the launch a promising new sharing movement organization called Peers today, it’s a good time to reflect on the character of the sharing movement.

Peers will build on key aspects of the movement that Shareable, as a pioneering sharing movement organization, helped shape. Peers’ mission is to make sharing the defining economic activity of our time. They will do this through grassroots campaigns to make sharing more visible, grow the number of sharers, and legalize sharing.

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Community Democracy Project to Open Entire City Budget

This interview is with Sonya Rifkin, co-director and co-founder of the Community Democracy Project, which began in November 2011 in Oakland, CA.

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Center for a New American Dream's Guide to Going Local

Some believe that the best strategy for social change is through bottom up, grassroots action. It's a trickle-up theory of change. It definitely has merit, especially these days when national governments the world over seem completely co-opted by corporate interests. City councils, local businesses, neighborhood associations, school boards... these are some of the channels through which citizens can change their communities for the better. This can add up to big changes when many communities transform themselves.

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Is Seoul the Next Great Sharing City?

Imagine this scenario: You wake up in a bustling city and have breakfast with the guest you rented your spare room to. You then ride in a shared car to your job where you give tours of the city to out-of-towners. On your lunch hour you participate in a public transportation flash mob and after work you swing by a tool sharing center to finish a project. Once home, you enjoy a community meal at your neighbor’s apartment and spend the evening packing for a trip using borrowed luggage that you found via your smartphone.

Where are you? Would it surprise you if I said Seoul?

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Coliving Experiment Tests Sharing Economy's Potential

Below is an interview with members of the Sandbox House, a new coliving project in Berkeley, California started by graduates of Bainbridge Institute's MBA in Sustainable Systems who are seeking full life-work alignment and integration. A core piece of their alignment is living in the sharing economy to the greatest extent possible, weaving it into the fabric of everyday life, housing, work and community.

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Liberate Education: How to Start a Free School

This how-to guide was written for Shareable by organizers (especially Aaron Rosenblum) from EXCOtc, a collective of Experimental Colleges in the Twin Cities of Minnesota that share a visions of a better world, offering free and open classes, and building a community around education for social change. EXCO-TC began eight years ago and is now made up of three collaborating local organizing chapters:

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New Report Maps the Future of the Creative Commons

Creative Commons, the organization behind Creative Commons (CC) licensing, is a nonprofit that promotes the sharing of creativity, knowledge, culture and more. CC licenses are common on photos, visual art and written works online and are also found in education, medicine, science, music, government and philanthropy.

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Food Rescue Program Spreads in Colorado

A group of three impassioned friends, all under the age of 30, started Boulder Food Rescue in August of 2011 with the goal of introducing the problems of waste and want to one another, and with the help of a little logistical muddling on our part, letting them solve each other.

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